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ACLU Suing Nutter Over ‘Stop And Frisk’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The ACLU is taking Mayor Nutter to court over the controversial police policy of “stop and frisk” — a tactic that the civil rights group says is being used to target minorities.

According to the ACLU, the use of stop and frisk has increased greatly since Mayor Nutter took office nearly three years ago — more than a 250,000 last year alone. Civil rights attorney David Rudovsky says many of the searches are without cause and target primarily African-Americans and Hispanics:

“They are subject to stops many, many more times than their white counterparts.  And in our view that can’t be explained by anything but race.”

Mayor Nutter for his part defends the tactic and says it played a role in reducing crime:

“You can use this strategy and tactic in a proper way to effectuate safety.”

And Nutter denies race is a factor in who is searched.  He says its about targeting high crime neighborhoods.  Nutter says, “it’s based on geography, and nothing else.”

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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  • bottomline

    Classic ACLU. Destroy anything intended for the good of our country, by discarding the intent of the constitutional rule, and enforcing only the letter of that rule. Someday a legal eagle will find a way to permanently stop these “non-profits” from making a mockery of our laws, while, at the same time, aiding those whom threaten our country.

  • SCRW

    When you have a city thats majority african american (and as many hispanics as there are too) of course its going to be majority blacks getting stopped. The ACLU needs to use a little thing called logic…

  • The Bobster

    Why are all the ACLU attornies suing Nutter jooish? Are joos being stopped and frisked? Nah, they’re just protecting their pets.

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